The Players' Impact announces new Partner, NFL vet Marques Colston and formation of Athlete Advisory board. Advisors, Garrett Klugh and Maurice Evans, announced.
BOSTON - March 19, 2019 - PRLog -- The Players' Impact (TPI), the leading early-stage investment and entrepreneurial platform for professional athletes, is excited to announce that 10-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl champion, Marques Colston, has joined as a Partner.
"Marques brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to TPI. His experience with early-stage startups along with his accomplishments as an athlete give him insight and perspective that will be of great value. I am excited to be working with him." –Tracy Deforge, Co-Founder, TPI
"TPI has always had the athlete's best interest in mind. I have seen the quality of TPI's work firsthand and I am excited to help the organization grow, evolve and continue to serve athletes at a high level." –Marques Colston
TPI is also proud to announce the addition of nine-year NBA veteran, Maurice "Mo" Evans, and Olympian Garrett Klugh to the TPI Athlete Advisory Board.
"As one of the first athletes to join TPI as an investor, I have seen the amazing work that this organization has done. I look forward to adding value as an advisor as the company enters its next phase of growth." –Mo Evans
"I am passionate about helping athletes make better decisions as it relates to being entrepreneurs and investors. TPI provides the platform to accomplish these objectives." –Garrett Klugh
As the TPI team grows, so too will the resources that athletes can find at TPI. TPI is currently developing a digital "Locker Room" for "all things startup," which will provide all the tools members need as they embark on their entrepreneurial and angel investing journeys. In addition to these offerings, TPI has recently launched "Beyond the Game" event series, which brings together athletes and industry executives to discuss and impart the foundations of entrepreneurship, investing and transitioning beyond professional sports. The next event will be at the NFL Draft in Nashville next month.
Tracy Deforge, TPI's Co-Founder, summarizes, "We are thrilled to add the expertise of Marques and look forward to the guidance from Mo and Garrett. With our new team, upcoming events and soon-to-be-released digital Locker Room, we are positioned to meaningfully impact the way athletes approach entrepreneurship and how they invest in startups."
About The Players Impact (TPI)
Founded in 2017, TPI is a organization built for entrepreneurially-minded athletes. Comprised of over 150 professional athlete-members, TPI offers to its extensive network of multi-sport athletes foundational support in the form of connections with industry experts, with early-stage business resources, and with investment opportunities. It is these core resources that TPI believes every athlete entrepreneur and investor need access to in order to be successful.
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What if you knew your career would be over in just a few years and there was nothing you could do about it? This is exactly the future every athlete faces, and whilst many of us believe that athletes stay in the sporting system post retirement in either a coaching capacity or sports journalism role, the fact is less than 20% of athletes end up choosing this route. Instead, entrepreneurship is by far the most popular route for an athletes career post-retirement, yet entrepreneurship training is rare. A special Beyond The Game event (presented by The Players Impact) on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas is seeking to improve this training.
Beyond The Game is a peer-to-peer based event centered on the Athlete Investor, the Athlete Entrepreneur and the Athlete in Transition. Athletes, more than ever, are doing business off the field, executing their ideas and investing in others. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in structured meaningful conversation with former athletes and executives who are experts in their respective post-athletic fields. The event will be co-hosted by NFL veteran and Co-Founder, Fan Controlled, Football League Ray Austin and Bonnie Bernstein, ESPN/CBS veteran and Founder, Walk Swiftly Productions. Featured speakers and Huddle hosts include Isaiah Kacyvenski, NFL Veteran, Investor and, Will Ventures Founder, Marques Colston, NFL veteran, Entrepreneur, Founder, Dynasty Innovation and Amobi Okugo, MLS player and author of Frugal Athlete.
The Beyond The Game concept was developed by The Players Impact (www.theplayersimpact.com), a group of 100+ investment and entrepreneurial minded professional athletes investing in and building business together led by Tracy Deforge
The event will also see a first of its kind startup pitch competition for current and former athletes who have founded a startup. They will pitch in front of an audience of their peers. The winner of the competition will win coaching from Journey Partners, a guaranteed pitch for capital to The Players’ Impact community as well as a spot to present at the NYC Huddle (a group of sports industry executives who help startups via one intense half-day session).
The companies selected to pitch in Las Vegas are:
Special thanks to the sponsors Beck Bode Wealth Management and Pepper Hamilton LLP as well as the hosts the Fan Controlled Football League.